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1The NRCP Visayas Regional Cluster researchers

More than 500 researchers and scientists from the academe, government agencies, and other sectors attended the 1st NRCP Science and Technology Expert’s Pool (NSTEP) Visayas Cluster Membership Promotion Caravan last January 12, 2021 via Zoom. The activity aimed at introducing NRCP and its programs to the researchers, scientists, and engineers (RSEs) in the Visayas and how these programs could help strengthen their research capability.

NSTEP is the Council’s newest move to enlist researchers in the regions to become part of the largest collegial body in the country and is implemented in partnership with the DOST Regional Offices of Regions VI, VII, and VIII. Now on its first year of implementation, the NSTEP Visayas Region project is led by DOST-RO VI Director, Engr. Rowen Gelonga.

Dr. Doralyn S. Dalisay, Chairperson of NRCP Visayas Cluster, pointed out in her opening remarks that basic research is very important in any country to drive innovation and technology. She also shared that basic research should always be a curiosity-driven investigation and should be relevant with the time.

“At the end, all applied researches are centered into what we call basic science research and applied research attempts to offer practical solutions to some of the most pressing dilemmas such as epidemics like COVID 19, food shortages, pollution, among others,” added Dalisay.

She further said that to do basic research, there must be a funding and NRCP exists to provide seed grants. Hence, she encouraged the participants to be an NRCP member and avail the benefits and various opportunities of being a member.

Dr. Marieta Bañez Sumagaysay, NRCP Executive Director, talked about the history and structure of NRCP as well as the mandates of Act 4120 on which basic research is anchored. She also presented the six (6) issue-based programs of NRCP under its National Integrated Basic Research Agenda (NIBRA) which is part of the Harmonized National R&D Agenda. The areas in the NIBRA are the priorities for scientific basic research funding and later, the research results can be used as an evidence for policy making.

“One of the objectives is to enhance governance through science and the arts. Our studies support evidence-based policy making, serving as inputs to national government agency (NGA) programs and those of LGUs,” shared Dr. Sumagaysay.

On the other hand, Ms. Mary Charlotte O. Fresco of NRCP presented the benefits and responsibilities of being an NRCP member, and the criteria and requirements for Associate and Regular Membership. Also, she gave a walk-through of the online application procedure in the Scientific Knowledge Management System (SKMS).

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Privileges of an NRCP member

During the activity, two NRCP members also shared their personal experiences on the benefits and opportunities for being a member.

Dr. Adrian P. Ybañez, Region VII Focal person, mentioned that being a member is an opportunity to network with other researchers. “The seed grant also would help gather more of the seed results and have the chance to plant and make it grow to other pots”, he said.

On the other hand, Dr. Charlie Labarda, Region VIII Focal Person, has this to say, “Knowledge is a multidisciplinary pursuit and NRCP is a platform to disseminate information and collaborate with fellow scientists across the spectrum of scientific knowledge. Hence, I encourage all scientists, young researchers and retirees, to be in this program of NRCP.”

To date, there are 303 active members of Visayas Regional Cluster with Region VI having 74, Region VII and Region VIII with 133 and 96, respectively. To this, DOST VI Director Gelonga challenged the participants to increase this number and show how local scientists, researchers, experts, and artists can take more a proactive role in regional growth and development.

For more information about NRCP membership, check out the following links:

Membership application: https://nrcp.dost.gov.ph/membership
Download the following DOST forms: https://bit.ly/NSTEPVisayas
Submit your proposals to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on January 15, 2021.

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